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PACE school ready to open, serve children in New Bern

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NEW BERN, Craven County - A new school is the brainchild of the pastors at Peletah Ministries in New Bern.

The school is called PACE -- Peletah Academic Center for Excellence. It will be housed inside the Peletah Ministries' current church building, located at 2305 Neuse Blvd. in New Bern. The organizers certainly have done their homework on what it takes to create a new school. They've even met with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan earlier this week about it. The school is classified as a private Christian school that prides itself on being a trauma sensitive school where children of all needs and abilities can flourish. In addition to learning the same course curriculum they would in public schools, students will learn STEM subjects as well as art and religion. The hope is it will make them well-rounded and thoughtful students. "They're not just learning for a test, they are learning for life and that is our goal, that we match academic rigor and we put it with enthusiasm and excitement so that they can excel and be the very best that they can be," said Dawn Baldwin Gibson, Executive Pastor at the church. Enrollment is capped at 20 students this year to give more individualized attention. Students will be grouped in class clusters such as K-1st grade, third-fourth grade and then fifth-seventh. There is no second grade this year. Officials said there were four spots open as of Friday at the school. The cost to attend is $4,200. If you're interested, you can call the church at (252) 633-1624. A grand opening party will be held on Aug. 18 and the school starts the new year on Aug. 21.

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